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Unlikely Women's Semifinals in California; Mostly Chalk in Tulsa Except for Mena's Stunner Over Borges

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Friday turned out to be a chaotic day at the Riviera/ITA Women's All-Americans with two qualifiers, a lucky loser, and the No. 2 seed advancing to the semifinals. The day started off with three of the four remaining seeded players losing in the round of 16 with the biggest upset, by seed and UTR, occurring when Vanderbilt sophomore Christina Rosca defeated the top seed and last year's runner-up UCLA sophomore Ena Shibahara. The upsets continued with Rosca's teammate junior Fernanda Contreras defeating the No. 4 seed Cal senior Karla Popovic in straight sets and St. John's sophomore Jessica Livianu defeating the No. 7 seed Miami senior Sinead Lohan in three sets. 

Florida International junior Andrea Lazaro lost in the final round of the qualifying draw but due to a couple of late withdrawals she snuck in as a lucky loser. Two days later Lazaro has turned that second chance into a golden opportunity after she advanced to the semifinals with a pair of three-set wins over Cal junior Olivia Hauger and Vanderbilt's Christina Rosca. Lazaro's semifinal opponent will be Aliona Bolsova who plays at Conference USA rival Florida Atlantic. Bolsova, who transferred from Oklahoma State to FAU over the summer, is the only player left in the draw that has yet to drop a set after picking up a pair of straight set wins over Texas Tech junior Felicity Maltby and USC senior Gabby Smith. 

The other semifinal will match up Texas Tech senior Gabriela Talaba and Vanderbilt junior Fernanda Contreras. Talaba only dropped six games in each of her wins over Denver's Julia O'Loughlin and Washington's Stacey Fung while Contreras won the closest match of the day when she defeated St. John's Jessica Livianu 7-6(6) in the third. 

 

Women's Main Draw - Round of 16
Christina Rosca (Vanderbilt 10.97) def. [1] Ena Shibahara (UCLA 11.83) 6-3, 6-2
[LL] Andrea Lazaro (Florida International 11.52) def. [Q] Olivia Hauger (California 11.16) 6-1, 4-6, 6-1
[Q] Aliona Bolsova (Florida Atlantic 11.85) def. [Q] Felicity Maltby (Texas Tech 10.98) 6-4, 6-0
Gabby Smith (USC 11.37) def. Josie Kuhlman (Florida 11.79) 6-3, 5-7, 6-0
Jessica Livianu (St. John's 11.57) def. [7] Sinead Lohan (Miami FL 11.87) 6-1, 5-7, 6-2
[Q] Fernanda Contreras (Vanderbilt 11.40) def. [4] Karla Popovic (California 11.91) 6-3, 6-3
Stacey Fung (Washington 11.25) def. [Q] Jessie Aney (North Carolina 11.42) 6-4, 7-5
[2] Gabriela Talaba (Texas Tech 11.83) def. Julia O'Loughlin (Denver 10.79) 6-2, 6-4

Quarterfinals
[LL] Andrea Lazaro (Florida International 11.52) def. Christina Rosca (Vanderbilt 10.97) 3-6, 6-1, 6-2
[Q] Aliona Bolsova (Florida Atlantic 11.85) def. Gabby Smith (USC 11.37) 7-5, 6-1
[Q] Fernanda Contreras (Vanderbilt 11.40) def. Jessica Livianu (St. John's 11.57) 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(6)
[2] Gabriela Talaba (Texas Tech 11.83) def. Stacey Fung (Washington 11.25) 6-3, 6-3

Semifinals (Saturday)
[LL] Andrea Lazaro (Florida International 11.52) vs. [Q] Aliona Bolsova (Florida Atlantic 11.85) 
[2] Gabriela Talaba (Texas Tech 11.83) vs. [Q] Fernanda Contreras (Vanderbilt 11.40)

Doubles Semifinals (Saturday)
Knutson/Ramirez (Syracuse) vs. Hamlin/McCarthy (Duke)
[Q] Harris/Chen (Duke) vs. [7] Dvorak/Federici (Texas Tech)

Full results from all women's matches along with consolation draws can be found here.

 

 

The men played just one round on Friday with 10 of the 12 remaining seeded players advancing to the round of 16. The biggest surprise came when Tennessee Tech senior Eduardo Mena stunned the No. 2 seed Mississippi State junior Nuno Borges in straight sets. Mena was a perfect 10 for 10 on his serve while breaking Borges once in each set. Mena entered the All-Americans with a 3-3 fall record after playing in three different events while this was the second match of the fall for Borges. 

The top seed Mikael Torpegaard appeared to be in trouble after going down a break early in the third set against Columbia's Victor Pham but the Buckeye senior wasn't ready to go home. Torpegaard turned a 0-2* (0/30) deficit into a *3-2 (30/0) lead after winning 14 straight points. After Torpegaard finished off the hold for 4-2, Pham finally managed to stop the bleeding by getting a no-ad hold for 3-4. Torpegaard held at love for 5-3 and then he broke Pham on the no-ad point, after Pham led 40/15, to win it 5-7, 6-3, 6-3. 

Notre Dame junior Alex Lebedev moved into the round of 16 after an extremely impressive performance against Ohio State sophomore JJ Wolf. Lebedev did an outstanidng job protecting his serve with his toughest hold coming at one of the biggest moments of the match. Wolf, who was unable to break Lebedev all day, had three match points after going ahead 15/40 on Lebedev's 4-5 third set service game but Lebedev managed to get the hold for 5-5. In the third set tiebreak, Lebedev converted his first match point at 6-5* when a Wolf forehand hit the tape and kicked back. 

The other three matches to go three sets came down to a few crucial points. Florida State redshirt senior Lucas Poullain broke Dan Little's 4-5 service game on the no-ad point to win 6-3, 6-7(1), 6-4. Harrison Scott broke Jordi Arconada's 4-4 service game from 15/40 to go up 5-4 and then the Texas junior served it out to win 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. Ferran Calvo broke Timo Stodder's 1-2 service game on the no-ad point and then the Oklahoma junior made the break hold up in a 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 win. Calvo is now 8-0 on the week and 17-0 this fall. 

There will be two rounds of singles played on Saturday with the round of 16 beginning at 10 a.m. central and the quarterfinals starting around 1 p.m.

Men's Second Round
[1] Mikael Torpegaard (Ohio State 14.53) def. Victor Pham (Columbia 13.86) 5-7, 6-3, 6-3
[9-16] Harrison Scott (Texas 13.85) def. Jordi Arconada (Texas A&M 13.93) 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
[7] Skander Mansouri (Wake Forest 14.40) def. Emil Reinberg (Georgia 14.24) 6-1, 7-5
[9-16] Gustav Hansson (Ole Miss 14.56) def. Spencer Furman (Duke 13.72) 6-1, 6-4

[4] William Blumberg (North Carolina 14.78) def. Christian Seraphim (Wake Forest 13.95) 6-3, 6-4
[PQ] Ferran Calvo (Oklahoma 13.57) def. [9-16] Timo Stodder (Tennessee 14.15) 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 
Alexander Lebedev (Notre Dame 13.59) def. JJ Wolf (Ohio State 14.32) 6-3, 6-7(4), 7-6(5)
Alexis Galarneau (NC State 14.11) def. Majed Kilani (Tulsa 13.55) 6-2, 6-2

[9-16] Martin Redlicki (UCLA 14.48) def. Nicolas Alvarez (Duke 14.01) 6-1, 7-5
[5] Alfredo Perez (Florida 14.33) def. [Q] Jackie Tang (Columbia 13.61) 6-1, 6-1
Lucas Poullain (Florida State 13.96) def. Dan Little (Utah 13.41) 6-3, 6-7(1), 6-4 
[3] Petros Chrysochos (Wake Forest 14.53) def. [Q] Michael Geerts (Arizona State 14.16) 6-4, 7-6(4)

[9-16] Thomas Laurent (Oregon 14.15) def. [Q] Carlos Divar (Georgia Tech 13.71) 6-1, 6-4
[8] Constantin Schmitz (Tulane 14.48) def. Alex Knight (Michigan 14.14) 7-5, 6-4
[9-16] Julian Cash (Oklahoma State 14.50) def. Gabriel Friedrich (South Carolina 14.04) 7-5, 6-4
Eduardo Mena (Tennessee Tech 13.54) def. [2] Nuno Borges (Mississippi State 14.89) 6-3, 6-4

 

Round of 16 (Saturday)
[1] Mikael Torpegaard (Ohio State 14.53) vs. [9-16] Harrison Scott (Texas 13.85) 
[7] Skander Mansouri (Wake Forest 14.40) vs. [9-16] Gustav Hansson (Ole Miss 14.56) 

[4] William Blumberg (North Carolina 14.78) vs. [PQ] Ferran Calvo (Oklahoma 13.57) 
Alexis Galarneau (NC State 14.11) vs. Alexander Lebedev (Notre Dame 13.59)

[5] Alfredo Perez (Florida 14.33) vs. [9-16] Martin Redlicki (UCLA 14.48)
[3] Petros Chrysochos (Wake Forest 14.53) vs. Lucas Poullain (Florida State 13.96)

[8] Constantin Schmitz (Tulane 14.48) vs. [9-16] Thomas Laurent (Oregon 14.15)
[9-16] Julian Cash (Oklahoma State 14.50) vs. Eduardo Mena (Tennessee Tech 13.54) 

 

Men's Consolation - Round 1
Giovanni Oradini (Mississippi State 14.03) def. William Bushamuka (Kentucky 14.10) w/o
Valentin Vacherot (Texas A&M 13.96) def. Constant De La Bassetiere (Penn State 14.14) 6-3, 6-4
Walker Duncan (Georgia 14.01) def. Adam Moundir (Old Dominion 13.62) 1-6, 6-1, 6-3
Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.68) def. Martin Joyce (Ohio State 13.70) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
Peter Bertran (USF 13.89) def. [4] Yuya Ito (Texas 14.15) 7-6(5), 6-3
Matic Spec (Minnesota 13.46) def. Billy Griffith (Cal 13.92) 7-6(6), 7-6(0)
Nathan Ponwith (Georgia 14.09) def. Charlie Broom (Dartmouth 13.56) 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
Alexander Cozbinov (UNLV 13.72) def. Artem Kapshuk (Texas Tech 13.44) 2-6, 7-5, 6-3
Kyle Seelig (Ohio State 13.99) def. Ricky Hernandez Tong (New Mexico 13.44) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
Aron Hiltzik (Illinois 14.11) def. Marius Frosa (Wichita State 13.47) 6-3, 6-1
Guy Iradukunda (Florida State 13.88) def. Johannes Schretter (Baylor 14.35) 6-3, 2-6, 6-2
Wayne Montgomery (Georgia 14.21) def. Ryo Matsumura (Kentucky 13.75) 6-2, 6-1
Robert Kelly (North Carolina 14.17) def. Josh Goodger (Tulsa 13.03) 6-2, 6-4
Jose Salazar (Arkansas 14.26) def. Tim Ruehl (Arizona State 13.67) 5-0 ret. 
Johannes Ingildsen (Florida 14.05) def. Vinny Gillespie (Drake 13.76) 6-2, 6-1
Spencer Papa (Oklahoma 14.06) def. Logan Smith (USC 13.79) 6-1, 6-3

Men's Consolation - Round of 16 (Saturday)
Giovanni Oradini (Mississippi State 14.03) vs. Valentin Vacherot (Texas A&M 13.96) 
Walker Duncan (Georgia 14.01) vs. Logan Staggs (UCLA 13.68) 
Peter Bertran (USF 13.89) vs. Matic Spec (Minnesota 13.46) 
Nathan Ponwith (Georgia 14.09) vs. Alexander Cozbinov (UNLV 13.72) 
Kyle Seelig (Ohio State 13.99) vs. Aron Hiltzik (Illinois 14.11) 
Guy Iradukunda (Florida State 13.88) vs. Wayne Montgomery (Georgia 14.21) 
Robert Kelly (North Carolina 14.17) vs. Jose Salazar (Arkansas 14.26) 
Johannes Ingildsen (Florida 14.05) vs. Spencer Papa (Oklahoma 14.06) 

 

Doubles Quarterfinals (Saturday)
[Q] Kessler/Vale (Florida) vs. [Q] Harper/Korsgaard (Va Tech)
[4] Ingildsen/Perez (Florida) vs. Banzer/Telles (Texas)
[3] Blumberg/Kelly (North Carolina) vs. [Q] Ito/Scott (Texas)
Little/Schretter (Baylor) vs. [Q] Aguilar/Arconada (Texas A&M)

 

Full results from all men's matches along with consolation draws can be found here

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